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Over the past four years, the federal government has picked up the tab for 20,000 electric car charging stations installed across the country.

For a growing number of electric vehicle drivers, that’s great. It means they have a lot more options for places to recharge, thanks to stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

But now that federal money has been spent, and there are still a lot of places without charging stations. So, the electric vehicle industry is now wondering: Who’s going to pay for the next 20,000 chargers?

Last year, Ecotality, a company that tapped federal funds to install hundreds of car chargers throughout the Northwest, filed for bankruptcy.

At the Future Energy Conferencein Portland Tuesday, other companies that build and install electric car chargers said it’s hard to make money on charging -– in part because the electricity itself is pretty cheap.

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